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I’m a professional food stylist and currently prepping my own series of cookbooks and a cooking show. In my food catering business, Mishka La Mushka, I catered private and corporate functions and events big and small, designed food in hat boxes for the Spring Racing Carnival and created too many themed kids birthday parties to mention. But now I love food styling and sharing my fun food ideas with mums wanting to create restaurant-quality meals at home, for kids and family. So let’s get cooking!

I'm Mish Lilley, a kitchen cook, food stylist and chef prepping a series of cookbooks, a cooking show and this blog. This blog is dedicated to my love of good food styling and good food. It's a cooking site and recipe website designed to help mums and dads create restaurant-quality meals at home for their kids and family. My wide range of recipes cover:

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Minestrone can be really dull but I’ve turned it up a notch and tried something new. I added some chopped up ham bones for extra flavour and omitted the green veges but instead add them every time I reheat the soup. Why? you might ask. Well, they only take a couple of minutes to cook and I personally dislike the way veges such as these lose their colour and vibrancy when added to soup. It works a treat and the soup feels super fresh every time.

Minestrone soup
Serves many & will keep in the fridge for a week!
You’ll need:
1 medium onion, finely chopped
100ml olive oil
1 tsp chilli flakes (optional)
1 can organic lentils, rinsed & drianed
1 can cannellini beans, rinsed & drained
1 carrot, finely chopped
1 potato, peeled and diced
1/2 small cauliflower, cut into small pieces
3 sticks celery, finely diced
2 x 400g cans diced tomatoes
3 litres water
1 kg ham bones, chopped into pieces (ask your butcher to do this)
3 leaves silverbeet, leaves only, sliced finely (add as needed)
1/2 cup frozen peas (add as needed)
Salt & pepper
Parmesan to serve
  1. Heat the oil in a large stock pot & saute the onion and chilli until soft.
  2. Add the beans, carrot, potato, cauliflower, celery & tomatoes and cook on a low heat for 5 minutes.
  3. Add the water and ham bones and bring to the boil.
  4. Lower the heat and cook for 1+1/2hrs.
  5. If serving all the soup straight away add the silverbeet and peas and cook for another 5 mins. If only serving a portion, ladle the soup into a small saucepan and add as much silverbeet and peas as you prefer.
  6. Season the soup well with salt & pepper, top with parmesan and enjoy with crusty bread.

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